On the Way Up: Construction Continues at the Second USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda

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Sparks were flying – from welder’s torches, at least – earlier this month when we visited the future site of the USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Md.

The 16,217-square-foot building on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is on track for a Spring 2014 opening.

-Photos by Eric Brandner, USO Director of Story Development

Medal of Honor Recipient Carter Wants to Highlight PTSD Issues

Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter receives the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House. Photo courtesy of the Army

Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter receives the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama on Monday at the White House. Photo courtesy of the Army

Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the eighth Afghanistan War vet to receive the Medal of Honor on Monday at the White House. While his actions set him apart, it’s also notable that he used his platform to talk about the post-traumatic stress issues he’s dealt with after returning home.

Carter – who was honored by the USO last year at the USO of Metropolitan New York’s Armed Forces Gala and Gold Medal Dinner – has spoken up in recent months about his struggle to readjust since his return home. 

“Know that a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress is one of the most passionate, dedicated men or women you’ll ever meet,” Carter said during Monday’s ceremony. “Know that they are not damaged. They are simply burdened with living what others did not.”

USO Warrior and Family Care has several programs dedicated to assist the tens of thousands of troops struggling with PTSD on their road to recovery. If you know someone who needs help, click here.